Laurent Perrier has reported a healthy lift in annual net profit.

The French champagne house said today (1 June), that it saw a 34.4% rise in net profit for the year 2006-2007 to EUR30.2m (US$40.57m).

Sales were up in the period by 13.7% to EUR236.65m. As volumes accounted for 9% of the growth, Laurent Perrier saw price increases make up for 5% of the performance. A slight difference in exchange rates pegged back the increase, however, by 0.3%.

"Despite the strength of the euro, the company estimates that the Champagne market should remain well-placed," Laurent-Perrier said. "However, the growth in the company's volumes should slow down sharply in comparison to 2006-2007, with the exception of the Laurent-Perrier brand."

Apart from its main Laurent-Perrier brand, the company's other brands include Delamotte and Champagne de Castellane.